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"With the mellifluous tones of shakuhachi music setting the story, listeners are taken to a time and place far from the current era. Aurally illustrating the young bride's quietly independent nature, Osmanski's performance draws listeners into Willow's story." - Library Journal
"Lee Geum-yi has a gift for taking little-known embers of history and transforming them into moving, compelling, and uplifting stories. The Picture Bride is the ultimate story of the power of friendship—a must read!" —Heather Morris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Your husband is a landowner," they told her.
"Food and clothing is so plentiful, it grows on trees."
"You will be able to go to school."
Of the three lies the matchmaker told Willow before she left home as a picture bride in 1918, the third hurt the most. Never one to be deterred, Willow does all that she can to make the best of her unexpected circumstance. But it isn't long before her dreams for this new life are shattered, first by a husband who never wanted to marry her in the first place, and then by the escalation of the Korean independence movements, unified in goal, but divergent in action, which threaten to split the Hawaiian Korean community and divide Willow's family and friends.
Braving the rough waters of these tumultuous years, Willow forges ahead, creating new dreams through her own blood, sweat, and tears; working tirelessly toward a better life for her family and loved ones.
"A beautiful testimony to those women bold and determined enough to leave behind all that was familiar, seeking a better life." —Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author
A Macmillan Audio production from Forge Books.